You’re not wrong if you think you might be spending a bit too much time on nonwork-related tasks. A study found 89% of employees admit to wasting time at work, and of those, 2% waste 5 hours a day. Before we discuss how to keep yourself on task, you might be wondering what people are doing all day if they aren’t working. The study also uncovered that: An employee was caring for her pet bird that she smuggled into work An employee was laying under boxes to scare people
- Headphones tell the world, I am too busy for other people’s noise. Become visibly annoyed if anyone requests you remove them.
- Outside influences like air temperature, air quality, smells and colors can affect your focus. Take it upon yourself to make office updates.
- If you can’t beat ‘em, set strict rules they must follow. Enforce quiet time for a few hours a day to give everyone the chance to listen to Jerry’s heavy breathing.
“It can be hard to stay focused in a busy office. There’s always something going on–meetings, conversations, or donuts to eat in the kitchen. Not to mention your coworkers coming up to you to ask about your job. The nerve people have!”